Trauma Informed Mentors
Job vacancy

Trauma Informed Mentors

Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Support Service
Salary

£26,000 (pro-rata for part-time)

Location:

4 Posts available across Kent (North, South, East and West)

Hours:

All variations of full and part-time working will be considered.

Contract details:

Fixed term until 1st June 2025. Extension subject to continued funding.

Application closing date:

01/07/2024

Interview date:

04/07/2024

Background and Job purpose

This exciting and innovative new service provides child-centred, outcome-focused support for children and young people, from birth to and up to 25 years old with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), residing in safe accommodation because of domestic abuse.

Within this role you will mainly work with children and young people (and their families) on a 1:1 basis to improve well-being. The support will be highly creative, child-led and focused on recovery through overcoming challenges and developing strengths, talents, interests, ambitions and support networks.

The postholder will have a degree level qualification in a related area and experience of working with children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Contact

For an informal discussion, please contact Nikki Naziri on 07725 595758 or Sally Williamson on 07725 595722.

Closing date: Monday 1st July 2024

Interview date: Thursday 4th July 2024

Job Description/Principal Accountabilities

  • Work with potential referrers to identify appropriate referrals to the service.
  • Implement effective assessment and goal setting with identified children and young people.
  • Develop a programme of support for each child or young person, to include delivery of the evidence-based programmes for resilience, healthy relationships etc (as appropriate).
  • Develop a good working relationship with schools, children, families, and other agencies to ensure that the Salus service is effective.
  • Provide relevant support for school-based staff and staff in other universal settings to ensure identified children and young people are supported across these settings.
  • Work directly with parents to ensure that they are better able to understand/ support their child’s needs and support the development of resilience and improved well-being.
  • Explore all opportunities for talents and interests to be developed using local resources.
  • Ensure a good level of support to children, young people and families, including onward referral to other agencies where necessary.
  • Keep clear accurate records and provide the required monitoring and evaluation information and any other progress reports required by due dates.
  • Implement evaluation tools to demonstrate impact of intervention.
  • Attend monthly supervision with for quality assurance and personal development purposes.
  • Consider own training needs, keeping up to date with relevant good practice, and sharing this with team members.
  • Any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Salus Management Team.

This job description is provided to assist the post holder to know their principal duties. It may be amended from time to time in consultation with you without change to the level of responsibilities appropriate to the grading of the post.

Person Specification

The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job. It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short-listing and interview process for this post.

You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet the following essential criteria

Experience/ Skill/ QualificationEssentialDesired
Professional qualification (or academic equivalent) in related area.
e.g. Youth work, teaching, counselling (or equivalent), social work etc
Relevant qualification or evidence of training in any of the following:
• Domestic Abuse
• Healthy Relationships
• Solution Focused Practice
• Mentoring
Experience of supporting children and young who have experienced trauma
Experience of supporting parents to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people
Experience of working effectively with schools and other agencies
A good understanding of agencies and support available for families in Kent
Strong organisational ability including ability to plan workload and manage own time effectively
A high level of written and verbal presentation skills and ICT skills
Skilled in ensuring the voice of the child is central to the service
Experience of supporting children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse
Knowledge of the impact of trauma on children and young people
Knowledge of emotional well-being and mental health for children and young people
Knowledge of approaches to build resilience
An understanding of Safeguarding and Data Protection legislation
Knowledge of strengths based approaches
An ability to remain calm whilst working under pressure and within tight timescales on sensitive and confidential issues
To be creative and proactive, able to use initiative and make sound judgements
An ability to deal with a number of tasks at once and to be flexible with work routines
An ability to actively engage children, young people and families through a variety of methods
A positive outlook and a result focused approach
To work effectively as part of a team

Further information

Any appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.